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Common Name: Beaked Sedge

Scientific Name: Carex rostrata

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Restoring wetland sites

~Wildlife habitat restoration

~Soil stabilization

Height: 1 - 4 feet tall

Root Type: Sod

Growing Season: Cool

Soil Types: High water tables, most loamy soil

Tolerances: A little saline, alkali and acidic

Sun or Shade: Sun

Minimum Precipitation: 14 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 2 - 4 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 450,000 seeds per lbs

Optimal Planting Season: Spring or fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch deep

Category: Grass



Beaked Sedge, also known as Bladder sedge or Blue sedge, is typically found across a wide range of elevations, from low to high, and it tends to thrive in specific wetland environments. It commonly grows in proximity to beaver ponds, bogs, swamps, marshes, and along the edges of streams and ponds. Beaked Sedge often plays a dominant or co-dominant role in its adapted habitats.


This grass exhibits versatility in terms of soil types and moisture levels, as it can grow on silt-loam, clay-loam, and loamy-sand soils. It typically thrives in areas with high water tables or standing water, but it can also establish itself in drier sites. Beaked Sedge displays a notable tolerance to somewhat saline, alkali, and acidic soils.


From an ecological perspective, Beaked Sedge is considered a valuable species due to its role as a good source of forage for both livestock and wildlife. It also provides excellent habitat for various wildlife species. Beyond this, Beaked Sedge is highly regarded for its contributions to wetland and riparian area restoration efforts, as well as its effectiveness in soil stabilization projects.



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Photo Credit: Rob Rostrata

Beaked Sedge


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